The most common reason for admission to the hospital among older adults is heart failure. People with heart failure often experience a loss of productivity and quality of life, coupled with fragmented outpatient services, emergency room visits and return trips to the hospital. Learn more about NCH cardiovascular care.
Research shows that early physician follow-up (within seven days of discharge) can reduce readmission rates by about 20 percent. Other interventions, such as home-based Telehealth and a phone call following discharge can also reduce the chances of returning to the hospital in a short period of time.
The Atherton Heart Failure Clinic fills a growing need for chronic heart failure disease management in our community. This new outpatient clinic bridges the gap from hospital discharge to home. Patients will be seen within 72 hours of discharge from the hospital and will get the treatment and support they need to manage their health including:
- Easy appointment setting
- Ongoing assessment of medical needs
- Management of multiple medications and dosage adjustments
- Education and behavior modification for lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise
- Remote monitoring at home for those at higher risk
- Ongoing communication with primary care physicians
- Free monthly heart failure education support group
From our blog:
Beyond the medicine: why our community needs a heart failure clinic
See our support groups:
Heart and stroke health support groups